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There are literally hundreds of plants which can be used for medicinal purposes, and there are probably thousands more which have not been discovered yet. Few of the most important plants which have medical properties is listed in this article.

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1.Artichoke - The artichoke has been found to lower the manufacture of cholesterol, which means that the artichoke can be useful in combating heart disease. In addition to this, artichokes are known to enhance the production of a person's bile, and can also enhance bile flow. Artichokes can also be used in a type of tea.

2. Soy - This and related plants are known for comprising phytoestrogens, which are molecules that have estrogen functions. Soy has been found to be useful in treating the many symptoms which are related to menopause.

Not only can soy prevent breast cancer, but it can also be used to treat it, as well as prostrate problems and cardiovascular issues. Since estrogen can help the brain during the aftermath of an injury, Soy can function as a healthy brain food.

3. Butterbur - This has been used by Native Americans to combat both headaches as well as inflammation. The Butterbur extract has been found to be highly effective when it comes to treating migraines. This is due to isopetasin and petasin, which are greatly concentrated in the root. Butterbur can also allow an individual to overcome hay fever, and it doesn't contain the sedative side effects which are found in synthetic medicines designed to treat the ailment.

4. Cranberries - These berries can be used to treat urinary tract infections, and are even effective against cancer cells which are in vitro. Another powerful property of consuming cranberries is, they can be useful in blocking the development of plaque, and this is through attacking the plants that cause tooth decay. Not only can cranberries be effective in preventing tooth decay, but they can also stop the formation of kidney stones.

5. Calendula - This can be useful for treating acne, and can also stop inflammation, and can also reduce the amount of bleeding which is present in a tissue that has been damaged. In addition to reducing bleeding, it can also sooth tissue which has been damaged. The anti-cancer properties which are found in this plant are related to the polyphenol antioxidants which it contains.

6. Garlic - A member of the onion family, garlic has been praised throughout history for its many medicinal benefits. In addition to its ability to add flavour to food, it also has a large number of health benefits. It has been said that garlic can block a variety of different ailments, including cancer, high cholesterol, and higher blood pressure. A great deal of research has also shown that garlic produces a number of cardiovascular benefits on the body.

Garlic is also capable of balancing the blood sugar levels of the body. During the 19th century, Louis Pasteur made note of garlic's antibacterial characteristics, and it was utilized to stop the outbreak of gangrene during the first world war. Garlic has also been used to treat tape worms or round worms.

7. Magnolia - The magnolia bark has played an important role in Chinese medicine for centuries, and it has also been used in Japan. The bark of the magnolia is comprised of both honokiol and magnolol, and these are compounds which have been effective in fighting against anxiety and allergic reactions, including asthma. The extract from the magnolia bark has also been effective in fighting the bacteria which is responsible for both periodontal disease, as well as caries.

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8. Oregano - This is known for its important antioxidant capabilities, and this is largely because it is comprised of both flavonoids along with phenolic acids. Oregano has also been found to fight against the bacteria which is related to pathogens which are food borne. This has obvious benefits for the health of food as well as its preservation.

In countries such as the Philippines, oregano is used more for its medicinal properties as opposed to cooking. It is an excellent cough reliever. Oregano can be taken orally in order to ailments such as influenza, indigestion, fever, and stomach aches. It is also helpful for difficult menstruation.

9. Pomegranate - The aril juice from the pomegranate can provide a large intake of Vitamin C, and it is also rich in Vitamin B5. The pomegranate can act as a good dietary supplement, and while research has shown its effectiveness in this area, its usefulness for humans has not yet been proven. It has also been found that pomegranates have been effective in lowering the incidence of heart disease.

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